Re: question about oversupply
I only ever did 2 hour blocks at the most, so take this for what it's worth. I think that if the longer blocks aren't working, then it is certainly worth trying shorter blocks. Nursing on one breast per feeding and switching breasts between feedings worked very well for me, and I had a pretty significant oversupply (but it did take quite awhile to get it completely under control). You can try putting cabbage leaves in your bra to help with the engorgement between feedings too.
Also, here is a list of herbs that tend to lower milk supply:
ETA: Have you tried nursing in a reclined position to help with the fast letdown? I had a spray-the-cat-at-the-opposite-end-of-the-couch letdown, and nursing in a reclined position was a lifesaver for me!
I'm curious about this. It was my impression (and bear in mind I'm no expert) that allonursing is fairly rare in primates, and when it is present it results from either kin selection (a lactating mother nurses only her relatives) or reciprocal altruism (two or more nursing mothers will nurse each other's offspring in addition to their own). I've never heard of a nursing mother nursing all the offspring in a "tribe". It seems to me that primitive human populations should function similarly, but I could easily be missing something. If you have any research on this that you can pass along, I would love to see it. It just seems very anti-intuitive to me from an ecological perspective, but again I don't really know that much about primitive human populations.
Originally Posted by @llli*esthervegan
Sorry for the thread hijack, I just find these things very interesting.
Last edited by @llli*phi; August 5th, 2012 at 10:19 AM.
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